: Kharkiv recovers after a severe storm
Society19:55 May. 31, 2016
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Kharkiv recovers after a severe storm

Mayor declared the storm a natural disaster

Kharkiv continues to recover after a severe storm ripped through the city. Heavy rainfall and strong wind gusts are to blame for fallen trees, destroyed homes, and flooded streets. The wild weather also caused major havoc on the city roads bringing traffic to a stand-still.

Denys Kurylo, Kharkiv resident: "The wind was very strong, the trees fell practically right away, there was a moment when I was afraid that the windows will shatter".

The wind tore the roofs off nearly two dozen homes. The full extent of the damage has yet to be estimated, but residents say it will likely add up to thousands of dollars.

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Kharkiv officials say it is a miracle that there were no injuries reported as the result of the storm. City crews are hard at work restoring power and getting things back to normal, but they admit it won't be soon.

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Viktor Malokutsky, Kharkiv Municipal Chief: "The storm lasted about twenty minutes but we have enough work for about two weeks now. But, we will do our best to get everything fixed soon."

Kharkiv Mayor declared the storm a natural disaster. The last time similar weather gripped the city was more than fifty years ago.

Photo courtesy - Twitter, @StormBringer15

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